Earlier this year, seven board members, including officers, resigned en masse, leaving the ballet with fewer than the 21 directors required by its bylaws. As a result, questions arose about its corporate status and ability to restructure a board with no quorum.
The ballet did not explain in its statement how the board could vote in new members. Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr issued a separate statement, but did not describe the election process, though she confirmed in an email that the bylaws had been changed by members of the old board.
Perhaps most significantly, they've established a new board of directors, which will allow them to once again meet the requirements to qualify for funds as a nonprofit. The four new members include new board president Belinda Cole, who served as the board secretary for 25 years; vice president O'Neal Compton, who's also an actor, writer, and filmmaker; secretary Hannah Gillard, who works at Wells Fargo; and treasurer Joshua P. Cantwell of Young Clement Rivers. The board will be restructured into working committees that will present budgets to the full board.